English for Pre-Masters

Postgraduate English preparation

Get the support you need to reach the IELTS requirement for your pathway, with our English for Pre-Masters programme.

Your level of English will determine how much English preparation you will need before beginning your academic programme.

Course length

You can take one or two semesters of English language preparation. If you have IELTS 5.0 (5.0 in all bands) or equivalent, you will need one semester of English for Pre-Masters. If you have IELTS 4.5 (4.5 in all bands) or equivalent, you will need to complete our two-semester English for Pre-Masters programme.

Intake dates

This course has two start dates, depending on when you begin your Pre-Masters Programme.

One-semester programme: September, before starting your academic programme in January, or June, before starting your academic programme in September

Two-semester programme: June, before starting your academic programme in January

Please note an IELTS test is required following English for Pre-Masters programme for students needing a Tier-4 visa for Pre-Masters Programme, where you will need to achieve 5.5 overall (minimum 5.5 in all subskills) to start the Pre-Masters programme.

Key facts

Course length: one and two semesters

Entry points: June and September

Semester dates for one semester:

September 2018 
24/09/2018 – 14/12/2018

June 2019
10/06/2019 – 30/08/2019

Semester dates for two semesters:

June 2019
Semester 1: 10/06/2019 – 30/08/2019
Semester 2: 23/09/2019 – 13/12/2019

Progression to: Pre-Masters Programme

Age: students are normally 21 years of age or older on the first day of their academic programme at the International Study Centre.

Entry requirements: visit our entry requirements page for a list of academic, English language and country-specific entry requirements for all programmes.


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Programmes are designed to provide international students with a direct pathway to a degree at the University of Surrey.


Pre-Masters Preparation for Surrey University

This one or two-semester pathway programme leads to a wide range of postgraduate degrees at the University of Surrey.


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